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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Assault \As*sault"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Assaulted; p. pr. & vb. n. Assaulting.] [From Assault, n.: cf. OF. assaulter, LL. assaltare.] 1. To make an assault upon, as by a sudden rush of armed men; to attack with unlawful or insulting physical violence or menaces. [1913 Webster] Insnared, assaulted, overcome, led bound. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To attack with moral means, or with a view of producing moral effects; to attack by words, arguments, or unfriendly measures; to assail; as, to assault a reputation or an administration. [1913 Webster] Before the gates, the cries of babes newborn, . . . Assault his ears. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Note: In the latter sense, assail is more common. [1913 Webster] Syn: To attack; assail; invade; encounter; storm; charge. See Attack. [1913 Webster]